Language and Society in Japan / Edition 1

Language and Society in Japan / Edition 1

by Nanette Gottlieb
     
 

Language and Society in Japan deals with issues important to an understanding of language in Japan today, among them multilingualism, language and nationalism, technology and language, discriminatory language, and literacy and reading habits. It is organized around the theme of language and identity in particular the role of language in constructing national,… See more details below

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Language and Society in Japan deals with issues important to an understanding of language in Japan today, among them multilingualism, language and nationalism, technology and language, discriminatory language, and literacy and reading habits. It is organized around the theme of language and identity in particular the role of language in constructing national, international, and personal identities. Contrary to popular stereotypes, Japanese is far from the only language used in Japan, and the Japanese language itself does not function in a vacuum, but comes with its own cultural implications for native speakers. Nanette Gottlieb's book builds on and develops her previous work on different aspects of the sociology of language in Japan. It will be essential reading for students, scholars, and all those wanting to understand the role played by language in Japanese society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521532846
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/07/2005
Series:
Contemporary Japanese Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

1The Japanese language1
2Language diversity in Japan18
3Language and national identity : evolving views39
4Language and identity : the policy approach55
5Writing and reading in Japan78
6Representation and identity : discriminatory language100
7Shifting electronic identities120
8Conclusion137

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